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Written by LGM Technical Carpet Services for FC News

I’m beginning to think I went through some kind of time warp which caused me to miss something. I remember having written this same type of column a few years ago regarding visible seams. Let me share this with you, maybe you can help me.

One dealer, despite giving a multitude of information to the consumer, put in writing on the sales invoice seams are not invisible, is being sued because the consumer says they can see the seams. Well, let me tell you,

There is no such thing as an invisible seam in floor covering material.

Particularly, there is no such thing as an invisible seam in a textile product, which fits together in pieces. Just as an article of clothing or fabric on furniture has visible seams, carpet is no different, nor is it exceptional. For instance, all of my suits have visible seams where they’re sewn together. The same is true of women’s’ dresses, upholstered furniture, drapes, bedspreads, automobile seats, or anything constructed with yard goods, which includes carpet and even vinyl. Why then, would anyone think seams on carpet are going to be invisible when they are visible on just about any other product?

There are techniques, which can minimize a seam’s appearance, but it is not possible to eliminate it. The type of carpet, yarn system, patterning, style or color, can and will help achieve as obscure a seam as possible. However, all floorcoverings, carpet or otherwise, will have a degree of visible seams.

Because of the types of products, which make up this industry, it is unreasonable to expect seams can be made which will not be noticeable to some extent. If the seam is tight and even, and the cuts are cleanly made, what results is as close a meeting of two separate pieces of floor covering material as a skilled human being can physically accomplish.

Granted, there are many carpets, vinyl and other flooring installations in which you would think the seams were invisible. However, there is no standard, rule, or policy anywhere in the industry, which states seams, shall not be visible.

Some carpets just don’t lend themselves to hiding seams. If one side higher than the other or you leave a gap, overlapping panels, or peaked seam, it will be visible. If you’re working with a tricky Berber, or a striped or patterned product, seams may be more visible. Some carpets will show a seam, even if they are solid-colored, cut-pile, residential Saxony; the most common everyday carpets.

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